NCBS And CBA Represented At International Bluegrass Music Association World Of Bluegrass This Week In Raleigh NC

NCBS President Michael Hall, the IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival Committee Chair.

California will be well-represented at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World Of Bluegrass this week in Raleigh, NC. Both the California Bluegrass Association and the Northern California Bluegrass Society — and their members — will contribute to the convention and bluegrass festival that will run September 27-October 1. The two Northern California clubs are longtime organizational members of the IBMA.

The Molly Tuttle Band will perform at the IBMA convention.

The CBA is an official sponsor of the gathering and will offer its famed California Hospitality Suite that presents top bands in an intimate showcase setting.

The NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival in Redwood City is the model for the IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival that will take place on Friday and Saturday at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Many California bluegrass musicians and organizers will perform, emcee, lecture, mentor, and network throughout the week. See you where the music is!

Frank Solivan performs in the California Suite at the IBMA World Of Bluegrass.

Two Week Reminder: 2017 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Nominations Are Due October 8, 2016

Two Week Reminder: Nominations for the 2017 Northern California Bluegrass Awards are due on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

Categories: Band, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle, Dobro, & Bass. The awards honor primarily non-touring Northern California bluegrass bands and musicians. Each person may nominate up to three in each category.

Hard copy nominations are accepted at the NCBS Booth at events or nominations may be made at any time by  (E-Mail) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com.

Northern California Bluegrass Highlights For The End Of September

The World Of Bluegrass in Raleigh

Due to software upgrade work on the NCBS website several weeks ago, there was no monthly highlights article for September. Other coverage of suggested bluegrass events is being published during the month.

Here are some selected shows coming up for the end of September. Enjoy!



Bernal Hillbillies, The Lucky Horseshoe, San Francisco.

Glad To Be Here, Farm Harvest Festival, UC-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz.


The Earl Brothers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

Courthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.


Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, San Jose.

Iris Dement, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley. (Sold out)


IBMA World Of Bluegrass, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC.


Trail Rides Band, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

Loganville, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.


Still Searchin’, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS-welcomed)

Bangers & Grass, Kensington Circus Pub, Kensington.

Willowbrook Ale House

Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.


Left Coast Country, The Mountain Men Collective, Cool Pistol String Band, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.

Kathy Barwick, Pete Seigfried, Mike Justice & Steve McLane, Acoustic Den Cafe, Roseville.


Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

October 29 NCBS Volunteer Party Invitations To Arrive In Early October

The 2016 Volunteer Party!

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 2016 Volunteer Thank You Party will be held on Saturday, October 29 at an undisclosed location.

Volunteers and bands from all NCBS events and other projects over the past year will receive their invitations with all the exciting details in early October.

One Month Reminder: October 22 Is The Due Date For The 10th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

One Month Reminder: Saturday, October 22, 2016 is the due date for film submissions for the 10th Annual NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival.

The January 29, 2017 film festival is part of the FREE Bluegrass On Broadway Festival, set for January 27-29 in Redwood City.

The NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival

Looking Ahead To The 2016 October Bluegrass & Beyond Festivals

The outdoor bluegrass festival season in Northern California ends next month, but some of the year’s best are in October, including the world’s largest bluegrass festival — Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, many Northern California bluegrass bands and fans will head for Raleigh, NC for the international bluegrass convention and music party — the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World Of Bluegrass.

There are many other great festivals and campouts to enjoy, including a new bluegrass festival at Prusch Farm Park in San Jose with many familiar faces.

Join your friends who are Northern California Bluegrass Society Members and catch some festival fun!

Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre, San Francisco

The CBA Fall Campout wil be held in Lodi.


September 27 October 1 – IBMA World Of Bluegrass, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC.

September 30-October 2 – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

September 30-October 2 & 7-9 — Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, TX.

1 — Prusch Farm Mountain Music Festival, Emma Prusch Farm Park, San Jose.

1-2 – Dixon Lambtown Festival, Dixon May Fair Grounds, Dixon.

7-10 – Yosemite Songwriting Retreat, Yosemite Bug Resort, Midpines.

8 — El Cerrito Free Folk Festival, El Cerrito High School, El Cerrito.

10 — Arizona Bluegrass Film Festival & Bluegrass Band Showdown, Cattle Track Theater, Scottsdale, AZ.

10-11 – Heritage Harvest Festival, Historic Hawes Farms, Anderson.

Formerly, the Hangtown Halloween Ball.

11 — Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention & Festival, Stow House, Goleta.

13-16 – Folk Alliance Region West Music Conference, Hyatt Regency, Bellevue, WA.

15 — The Bluegrass Festival, Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre, McLaren Park, San Francisco.

17-23 – CBA Fall Campout, Grape Festival Fairground, Lodi.

20-23 —  Hangtown Music Festival, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville.

21-23 — Logandale Bluegrass Fall Festival, Clark County Fairgrounds, Logandale, NV.

22 – Northern California Women’s Music Festival, Gallo Center For The Arts, Modesto.

Heathen Hill To Perform This Thursday At The Summit House On Highway 17

A Summit House mountain view.

The Santa Cruz-based Heathen Hill band will perform  at the FREE Summit House Thursday Bluegrass Series on September 22.

The weekly series runs every Thursday evening from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the Summit House Beer Garden & Grill at the top of Highway 17 between Los Gatos & Scott’s Valley. The last Thursday of September will feature Hidden Still.

The series is presented by the Summit House and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. Good food and drink are served during the performance. The place offers endless views of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

NCBS Volunteer Party Set For Saturday, October 29

The Volunteer Party!

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 2016 Volunteer Thank You Party will be held on Saturday, October 29 at an undisclosed location.

Volunteers and bands from all NCBS events and other projects over the past year will receive an invitation soon.